Highfurlong Governors, in partnership with the Head Teacher, provide the overall strategic lead for the school. Our Governing Body includes in its membership parents, business people and other professionals. The full Governing Body meets once a term. The Governing Body has in place statutory committees, with sub-committees (Finance and Resources and Pupil, Curriculum and Standards). These committees meet at least once termly.
The Governors at Highfurlong School work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school continues to provide outstanding quality education for all pupils. Ensuring there is a relentless drive to raise educational standards in school is a key priority. This happens when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors. Governing bodies are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments are for three or four years. The Governing Body:
is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
plans the school's future direction
makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy
makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
makes sure the school provides for all pupils
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take. Highfurlong School Governors take an active role in the life of the school.
All members have been elected to the board by quorate vote of the governing body, with the exception of staff governors, who are elected by school staff, and the Head Teacher.